New WikiLeaks documents reveal satellite sites and cable locations

WikiLeaks has now published a secret list of facilities that the US considers vital to national security.

WikiLeaks has now published a secret list of facilities that the US considers vital to national security.

The website revealed a detailed list of installations worldwide including a number of sites in the UK such as satellite sites, BAE Systems plants and cable locations.

The latest leak lists hundreds of pipelines, undersea cables and factories, including a cobalt mine in Congo, an anti-snake venom factory in Australia and an insulin plant in Denmark.

The revelations are likely to prove hugely embarrassing to the US and come in the wake of a series of damaging exposes by the website.

A British government spokesman said this morning: “We unequivocally condemn the unauthorised release of classified information.

“The leaks and their publication are damaging to national security in the United States, Britain and elsewhere. It is vital that governments are able to operate on the basis of confidentiality of information.”

The leaks list three UK sites owned by BAE systems.

A spokeswoman for BAE said: “BAE Systems recognises its role as a custodian of key industrial and military assets. We would be concerned at any activity which compromises this.”

The latest revelations come as the lawyer for the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange vowed to fight moves to extradite his client from the UK to Sweden.

Swedish authorities are seeking to question Mr Assange regarding sex allegations, which his lawyer Mark Stephens has denounced as a “political stunt”.

Mr Stephens said Mr Assange would “certainly” fight deportation on the grounds that it could lead to his being handed over to the US, where senior politicians have called for him to be executed.

He said that the WikiLeaks site – which was last week forced to move to a Swiss host after being dumped by US internet companies – had come under siege from “a huge number of cyber-attacks”.

The organisation held further secret material which it regarded as a “thermo-nuclear device” to be released if it needs to protect itself, he said.

Mr Assange, who is staying in Britain, has come under growing pressure from politicians in the US and around the world after his WikiLeaks site started publishing excerpts from a cache of 250,000 secret American diplomatic cables last week.

Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has described him as “an anti-American operative with blood on his hands” and called for him to be hunted down like a Taliban leader, while another senior Republican Mike Huckabee has said that “anything less than execution is too kind a penalty” for what he has done.

Swedish prosecutors have sent an international arrest warrant to the Metropolitan Police, seeking his extradition for questioning on allegations - which he strongly denies – of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion.

International police agency Interpol has issued a Red Notice urging people to contact police with information about his whereabouts.

But Mr Stephens today said that Sweden’s chief prosecutor had told Mr Assange in September that there was no case for him to answer, following complaints against him by two women, but the investigation was revived following the intervention of a Swedish politician.

He said that Swedish prosecutors knew where Mr Assange was and urged them to call him to discuss the case.

Mr Stephens told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show: “It is quite bizarre, because the chief prosecutor in Sweden dropped the entire case against him, saying there was absolutely nothing for him to find back in September, and then a few weeks later on – after the intervention of a Swedish politician – a new prosecutor, not in Stockholm where Julian and these women had been, but in Gothenburg, began a new case which has resulted in these warrants and the Interpol Red Notice being put out.

“It does seem to be a political stunt.”

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